Wade Carmichael: victorious at Haleiwa | Photo: Masurel/WSL

Wade Carmichael has conquered the 2015 Hawaiian Pro, the first jewel of the Triple Crown of Surfing, held in Haleiwa, on the North Shore of Oahu.

Carmichael, 23, jumped over 40 spots in the Qualifying Series rankings - he is the 13th - and will likely join the 2016 Championship Tour (CT) if he secures a good result at the upcoming Vans World Cup of Surfing.

In the final heat of the event, Carmichael defeated Filipe Toled, Ezekiel Lau and Dusty Payne, with a series of powerful maneuvers in the small-to-medium wave faces.

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World Surf League: game on for 2016 | Photo: Masurel/WSL

The calendar for the 2016 World Surf League (WSL) has been announced.

The 2016 Samsung Galaxy Men's Championship Tour (CT) remains unchanged. It will kick off in the Gold Coast, Australia, on March 20th, and it will wrap up on December 20th, in Pipeline Hawaii.

The world's best male surfers will compete in 11 events. The WSL decided to consider Western Australia's North Point as a backup site for the Margaret River/The Box contest.

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Waves: a wave is not a wave without a crest, trough and face | Photo: Bonnie Brown/Creative Commons

What are the parts of a wave? Surfing wouldn't be a sport without waves. Without waves, surfers wouldn't be able to walk on water. Let's take a look at the different components that make a wave... a wave.

There are several things we know about waves. We understand - probably since we were children - that waves break, waves travel, and that waves have different heights. That's the easy part.

The majority of us know that every wave is different, that some waves are more powerful than others, and that they usually come in sets of three or six. Right?

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